and always has been. never repented, never apologized. it was the whole point of his politics. jesse helms. now, watch this. >> there's another story i heard of jesse helms when he first ran, that he opened the mail and out fell a check for $5,000 from john wayne. so he spent some time trying to track down, it's not easy to figure out, how do you call john wayne, but he managed to figure out how to do so and he placed the call and the duke answered the phone. and apparently jesse helms said, you know, mr. wayne, this is jesse helms, um, i just wanted to thank you for your tremendous support in this race. apparently john wayne said, who?! and he said, well, jesse helms, i'm running for senate in north carolina. and apparently wayne said, oh, yeah, you're that guy saying all those crazy things. we need a hundred more like you!